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Cold Fire

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  19,068 Ratings  ·  443 Reviews
On an impulse, schoolteacher Jim Ironheart flies to Portland, Oregon without understanding why. There he saves a boy from being killed by a drunk driver and is observed by Holly Thorne. — She tracks Jim to California, and their lives intertwine on one of Jim's lifesaving missions. Surviving a plane crash, terrifying monsters that materialize from Holly's nightmares, and an ...more
Paperback, 506 pages
Published 2005 by Headline Book Publishing (first published 1991)
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Jun 26, 2009 Dustin Crazy little brown owl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dean Koontz Fans & those fascinated by windmills
This is the Dean Koontz I love! I listened to this as an audio book a few years ago and was thrilled to re-experience the story in print. Cold Fire was published in 1991, after The Bad Place and before Koontz starting coming out with 2-3 novels each year. Some issues examined in Cold Fire include: Environmentalism, Religion and Mental Illness. Like many Koontz novels, this work crosses over many genres including: Science Fiction, Mystery, Suspense and Adventure.

It appears that Koontz has created
Nov 29, 2011 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is another to join the shelf entitled new authors I have encountered through Goodreads friends. In a line from left to right where extreme left is ' absolutely brilliant ' and extreme right is ' oh in the Name of all that's holy what the hell was that supposed to be ' Mr Koontz sits fairly squarely in the middle. I am pleased to have read one of his enormous works...over 500 pages....but as always with these multi-tomed writers, having seen so many on the bookshop shelves I was always hopin ...more
Ivan Lutz
lako se čita ali lako ce se i zaboraviti. Bez veze.... Dvojka zbog prve polovice knjige.
Tara Chevrestt
Dec 13, 2009 Tara Chevrestt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was my first Koontz and I have always credited it with getting me hooked on the horror/mystery genre. The characters were realistic and likable. The romance between them despite their frightening situation in the windmill was superb. Never forgot it.
May 04, 2009 Lu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hrm. Again, grown-up books are tricky. I've really been trying to find some I can appreciate, but this one didn't measure up. It was a suspense/mystery/pseudo sci-fi thriller type. And it was written by Dean Koontz who gets at least one whole shelf to himself at my tiny library.

This is the story of a man who somehow knows the future--he doesn't control when he'll know or what he'll know: but each time he follows the "directions" he saves someone's life.

Then he meets a reporter for a small time
J.S. Bailey
Jan 04, 2013 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have read a lot of Koontz. And I mean a LOT. He is my most-read author. I have now read more than thirty of his novels, and I plan to read many more.

This one was different. It was like an acid trip. I have never actually been on an acid trip, but I would imagine that being on one is somewhat like reading this novel. (Did I even read this novel? Am I really J. S. Bailey? Or am I really a forty-five-year-old man named Biff tied up in a straight jacket staring out
Patrice Hoffman
Jun 04, 2011 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. There was constant action and mystery. I've always enjoyed Dean Koontz writing and this book reminded me of all the things I loved about him since the first book of his I read. All through out the book I was really rooting for the main character. He's a likeable enough guy. Plus, who wouldn't appreciate a guy who risks his life to save people he's never met before.
At first, I thought that the female charachter was annoying. But, in most novels, there has to b
Anthony Policastro
In Dean Koontz’s Cold Fire, the author introduces his two primary characters – Jim Ironheart and Holly Thorne – by way of a series of heroic adventures. When Jim saves the lives of Billy Jenkins, in Portland, Oregon, and Lisa and Susan Jawolski, in the Mojave desert, and several other people, he falls into the radar, and into the scrutiny of Holly Thorne, a reporter for the Portland Press. Of course, Jim has special powers – he is somewhat of a mentalist or a psychic – and, thus, Holly soon disc ...more
Feb 08, 2008 Cherie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap this is a great book! Read it, read it, read it! I finished this book in exactly three days. I couldn't put it down. Fast paced from the word go. It's about an ex-school teacher who gets these premonitions that bad things are going to happen and he has to go stop them, even if it's across the country. But don't worry, he's rich so he can do that. Yes, this book is brain candy, but you won't ever regret reading it. At first you think he's getting these messages from God, then you think ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is another one of those books that I think started out well. I liked the way it was unfolding, I liked the main character (though he was quite shallowly drawn) and I was really quite annoyed with Holly.

To be annoyed with a character there has to be something there. In this case she was a little more solid than Jim, even if annoying.

Unfortunately soon I was thinking "oh, are we going here?" And, we did. This isn't a bad book, but it could have been so much more. Koontz is a good writer and
Travis sivarT
May 27, 2015 Travis sivarT rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Again Dean Koontz comes in more as a thriller than horror which seems the norm. I don't know that this would normally have gotten 5 stars, but given some of the recent Koontz which have definitely lacked compared to the earlier work I went 5. This is so far my favorite Koontz.
Elizabeth Barone
Feb 13, 2017 Elizabeth Barone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a long time to read this book (mostly because I had a lot going on and wasn't carving out much reading time). I liked the premise right away and, when I finally did make the time, got completely drawn into the story. Koontz is at his best with a fantastic blend of romance, suspense, sci-fi, and psychological thriller.

What I love most about this book is how it's a metaphor for overcoming trauma—something I really appreciated and could strongly relate to. I'm sure glad my emotional scar
Aug 10, 2012 Jade rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-macabre
Let me first start off by saying that Dean Koontz is someone I turn to whenever I’m looking for a light yet frightening read. I don’t expect his books to be amazingly good literary works with deep characters, lots of development, intricate plot twists, and so on. I expect his books to be scary, page-turning, and enjoyable to read. But unfortunately, that said…

This book was quite a disappointment to me. It started off as most of Koontz’ books do: characters with predictable names are introduced,
Mar 06, 2012 Angela~twistedmind~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of psychological thrillers
I just love this author! There are very few authors iincluded in my favorites but he is right up there at the top. Even his more lackluster stories are, more times than not, better than most. The man can spin a tale. So imaginative. So thought provoking with his random profound statements, some of which make you proud to belong to the human race, some that rock your convictions to the core. Such twists. Such turns. I was happily putting along, about 2/3 finished with this one and BAM I'm hit wit ...more
Heidi Tighe
Aug 11, 2013 Heidi Tighe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, you gotta love Dean Koontz. I love how his stories often start out as thick, rich, larger-than-life mysteries, (what follows is a semi-spoiler.) (view spoiler)

It was clear to me that this was one of his earlier works. He ha
Sally Wolf
Jun 21, 2012 Sally Wolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holly Thorne’s life and job as a reporter was at a stalemate until she meets a mysterious Good Samaritan named Jim Ironheart. Right before her eyes, he plucks a young boy from the street just minutes before a deadly truck comes sailing over the crest of a hill. Captivated by his blue eyes and humble manner she decides to use her skills as a reporter to track him down. What she finds was more bizarre then she could have imagined. The boy is not Jim’s only heroic act; stories all over the wire te ...more
Jul 10, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a different kind of Koontz. A majority of his books have a vicious killer in them but this one is about a good guy for a change (but he does experience some dark evil encounters).

Basically, the main character has this amazing gift that at any given moment he gets a vibe that he needs to do something. But its always one step at a time. For example he will drop everything he is doing and jump in a cab. Then he realizes he needs to be to an airport, then looking at the flight board th
M.E. Hembroff
Jun 15, 2016 M.E. Hembroff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Jim Ironheart rescues a young student from a speeding truck he is interviewed by a reporter, Holly Thorne, who is there working on another story. She learns that Jim receives word that a person's life needs to be saved by an unknown source. Maybe a message from God. She also learns his last name, where he lives but nothing else. She is fascinated by this handsome, blue eyed man and can't get him out of her mind even when she returns to her newspaper office. When she tracks him down she sta ...more
Monica Go
Feb 25, 2015 Monica Go rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The first half of the book was pretty good; I didn't know the premise so I found it very interesting and intriguing pretty much until they start thinking about what's controlling Jim. Then I liked it less. The idea that an alien force could be controlling him wouldn't be the first that comes in my mind. Of course we find out why at the end, but still, kinda strange to me, forced. Also the idea that Jim had all that power and could pretty much do everything was a little abstruse and unconvincing. ...more
Tracy Walters
Jul 31, 2011 Tracy Walters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me staying up til the wee hours of the morning to finish was GREAT!!!.....Jim Ironheart is a very intriguing and fascinating character......there is a part in the book about a plane crash that will make your heart beat out of your chest because it is so intense.....I found myself not breathing a few times because I was sucked into the story and felt like I was living thru it.......there was a part towards the end that WAS going to piss me off because I thought it was goin ...more
Jan 02, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
as usual I like koontz.

I put this story down in order to read a few new others to my collection. Once I picked the book back up, immediately I was caught and drawn right back into the story of a man who saves people by intuition and woman reporter who is trying to find the tale. At first I didn't think this story would keep my attention, but because it is a Koontz I thought to try it - not a dissapointment!

It became a little mind binding by the end. One moment it is miracles, then it's extratere
Jul 18, 2009 Remy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got almost halfway finished, but I couldn't bear it. Really terrible book. I only read it because that is all I had on the way back from Paris.
Another terrific read by a master storyteller!
D.P. Joynes
Feb 15, 2017 D.P. Joynes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I don't know why, I just did! A friend gave it to me after he finished it, and I enjoyed the mystery of and fantasy plus self-exploration and doubt all coming together. The final word/sentence brought all the themes and plot together.
Sarah Rios
May 11, 2009 Sarah Rios rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-love-love
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Kel Happylady
Jul 15, 2013 Kel Happylady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 27, 2016 Xiamera rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was disappointing for me and Holly is the entire reason why. The story was interesting enough from the start and I wanted to know the answers to the questions that cropped up.

I can't quite put my finger on why but she irked me from the beginning. I wasn't intrigued by her introduction and the story dragged for me when she had her parts. The singular most annoying moment is when she tracked Jim down and followed him aboard that plane. She made me skip to the end. I'm not proud of it but, I a
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Jan 15, 2014 Tanja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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I read Dean Koontz a long time ago. When he began writing more science fiction than supernatural, I looked elsewhere.
Cold Fire is, for the most part, a supernatural read with a little science fiction thrown in. The characters are good and the plotting is good and the ending makes sense.
Jim Ironheart is a special man. He knows when accidents are about to occur no matter where and makes a desperate and mostly successful effort to get there to save the potential victims no matter where they ar
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